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Portalb.mk’s Editor-in-Chief Zylbeari: Fight against disinformation expands, we can counteract disinformation with coordinated actions

As fact-checkers, we have faced many attacks in our work, but that is our routine challenge. I wouldn't like to forecast how the war against the disinformation will end, I just see it as a hybrid war and it will step up. However, with coordinated actions, we can become more resilient. We can start engaging everyone in the society,...

Violence against women has been promoted in the Balkans through popular music for 40 years

Ana Ninković, a student at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade caused numerous reactions on the social networks with her documentary film "Violence against women in the domestic songs" that she produced for her exam in "Pop Culture: From digital to trans-media", and through which she is examining the violence against women through music, turbo-folk, pop, rap and...

Ibraimi: There are indications that the Russian influence will continue in the Balkans despite the war in Ukraine

In general, I do not believe that the Russian disinformation campaign and the current support of the misperception about the war in Ukraine will affect the possible change of the foreign policy of N. Macedonia. There are currently no real opportunities for war in the Balkans. Russian disinformation by hybrid means continues to spread, giving a vain hope to...

Rama: External forces court the Western Balkans, but there will be no renunciation of the EU membership

It is frustrating to wait, but Western Balkan leaders need to reject proposals from foreign powers and maintain faith in EU membership, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama appealed in an interview with the Financial Times “Others can bring money, investment, maybe even caviar, but they will not be able to bring what you need to build a functioning free country,”...

Analysts comment North Macedonia prime minister’s resignation: Political crisis imminent

The news of the resignation of the prime minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, both from the government and from the helm of his SDSM political party has been broadcasted by the most influential international news agencies and media around the world. Zaev yesterday evening, just a few hours after the runoff local elections in North Macedonia, which brought a...

Stanka Parac Damjanović, Balkan Network for Local Democracy: CSOs and local authorities are the “natural” partners

Stanka Parac Damjanovic, senior trainer and pedagogue, has a long standing professional experience as an NGO practitioner working in civil society development, education for active citizenship and good governance at local level. Her primary area of engagement is related with capacity building, research and awareness raising activities targeting civil society organisations and local self-governments. Long years of working with...

Comparative analysis: Citizen participation in Western Balkans

Under the work of the project “CSOs Networking for Better Local Democracy in the Balkans", funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and implemented by the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN), three comparative studies were done that examine the level of citizen participation in decision-making locally within the WB6. Each of them takes an extensive analysis...

Looking forward and looking back – Experience of regional CSOs co-operation and networking in the Western Balkans

Regional CSOs networking in the Balkans has become an increasingly challenging effort for the most of organizations engaged in regional initiatives fostering human rights, democracy, good governance, rule of law, reconciliation or socio economic development. One can note at least three reasons for this unenviable situation facing both formal and informal regional CSO networks since 2020 – Covid 19...

Openness Index: Government of North Macedonia first, Parliament third in Western Balkans

According to the latest Openness Index, which ranked four countries from the Western Balkans - North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. their governments and parliaments, the Government of North Macedonia was ranked first on the list, while the country's Parliament was ranked third. The evaluation of the state of good governance of the parliaments and the executive...

Zaev, Vucic and Rama signed the first official documents of the OpenBalkan Initiative

As the first important steps of a new and concrete impulse to promote regional co-operation within the framework of the "OpenBalkan" Initiative, North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the president of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, yesterday signed the Agreement on Cooperation in Protection and Rescue Operations in Natural Disasters in the Western...

Balkans United for Clean Air: The public pressure a key tool to get information about air quality

The local and state institutions must inform the citizens in a timely manner, similarly to when the water quality in the supply system drops, or when the solar ultraviolet radiation increases. The public pressure remains a crucial factor in improving the monitoring system and fulfilling one's right to be informed about the pollution levels, stress the Balkans environmental organizations...

Polish Legacy, Balkan Heritage: the Perspective of North Macedonia – online panel

An online public debate organized by two Polish universities will present the legacy of cultural exchange between Poland and North Macedonia and the current context of EU enlargement towards the Western Balkans and its cultural and identity dimension, paying a special attention to Poland’s role in this process. The event will take place on 18th December at 16:00 via Facebook...

Possible meeting between Mogherini and Western Balkan prime minsters in December

The European Commission is considering the possibility of a meeting between high-level foreign policy official, Federica Mogherini, and the prime minsters of the Western Balkans, in the second half of December. The media in Serbia, citing sources in Brussels, report that the Western Balkan six include - Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia - and for now there is...

Western Balkan prime ministers to meet Kurz for working breakfast while Zaev cancels his visit

Todau in Vienna, prime ministers of the Western Balkans will have a working breakfast with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, which will be attended by European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn and European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev canceled his participation due to internal political developments in the country. According to...

Kurz: Balkans is our priority, EU should end negotiations with Turkey

The agreement between Skopje and Athens proves that persistent negotiations and diplomacy bring results, says Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in an interview with the Greek daily Kathimerini, and he went on to stress the Austrian support for the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries. “We warmly welcome the agreement between the two sides. It proves that persistent negotiations and...

Hahn and Dimitrov to discuss “What does the next decade hold for the Western Balkans” in London

On the margins of the London Summit, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday at Chatham House, the British Royal Institute for International Affairs, a panel discussion will be held on the topic "Beyond Berlin: What's does the next decade hold for the Western Balkans?". The event will be co organized by Chatham House, the European Fund for the...

Dimitrov from Thessaloniki: We share the same fate as the EU, but we’re still not at the table

We share the same fate with the EU, but we are still not at the table, said Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov at the third quadrilateral ministerial meeting between Macedonia, Greece, Albania and Bulgaria, which takes place today in Thessaloniki, reports MIA. Dimitrov thanked Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for being the country's chairman...

Russian MFA on Strategy for the Western Balkans: Our principle is not “with us or against us”

Russia sees no obstacles in developing relations with countries that want to become members of the European Union, and does not approach them with the principle "with us or against us," said a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zaharova when she was asked to comment on the European Commission's Strategy for EU Enlargement with countries from the...

Osmani expects Macedonia to join the EU fast track by 2025

The EU Enlargement Strategy is one of the most important initiatives of the European Commission for the region, said Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani at today's coordinative working breakfast with ambassadors and their representatives from Western Balkan countries. The meeting was held ahead of the publication of the European Commission's Strategy for Enlargement with the Western Balkan...

Main topics at Summit in April, digital connections for citizens of the Western Balkans

Digitalization and digital knowledge can be the mechanism by which people from the Western Balkans will be able to integrate much faster and more easily into the European Union, said the Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Mancevski after meeting with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel in Sofia. He added that digitalization, ie digital integration of the Western Balkans, is...